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Orasay Inn, Lochcarnan, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5PD, Scotland. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.

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South Uist can be accessed from Oban and Barra by ferry and by road from Benbecula and North Uist.

Old South UistOld South Uist: With Eriskay and Benbecula Bill Innes, originally a native of the island of South Uist, presents a delightful collection of photographs of life as it was on South Uist and this is every bit a book about people as it is about place. The author's own wonderful photos from the 1950s and 60s are augmented by images from the Margaret Fay Shaw collection, Kildonan Museum and other sources and many previously unseen images are included. Among the subjects featured are the old car ferry which ran until 2001, the Pollachar Inn, Walter Blaikie, the author(!), seaweed collection, the caschroom, Ian Campbell, Donald MacDonald, the Bute hospital, Daliburgh, Roderick MacDonald (Ruraidh Posta), emigrants leaving in 1923, Angus Maclellan and Donald Macintyre, Ormiclate, Howmore School, Flora Johnstone's seashell-covered cottage in Eochar, the 1936 cattle show. the Creagorry Inn, Benbecula Aerodrome and more.

 

To the Edge of the Sea: Memoirs of a Crofter's Child A memoir of the author's childhood in the 1940s and 1950s on South Uist. It analyses the hardships of her life up to the end of secondary school, also interweaving the culture, characters and events of the various islands during the era of her story.

Folk-songs and Folklore of South Uist.

The Furrow Behind Me Angus MacLellan was regarded throughout his own lifetime as one of Scotland's finest traditional Gaelic storytellers. Reminiscences of his life were first recorded, on tape in Gaelic, in the early years of the 1960s and later transcribed and translated by John Lorne Campbell into this English-language biography. Born in 1869 into a poverty-stricken crofting community on South Uist, Angus MacLellan spent his childhood and his youth with his family before travelling from the island to find work first in the militia and then on the farms of the mainland. His travels came to an end when he returned to assist and eventually to succeed, his parents on their croft on South Uist in 1896. Angus MacLellan's memory for detail and his gift for telling should bring to the reader a vivid picture of a harsh lifestyle encompassing two centuries of dramatic change.

When Piping Was StrongWhen Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South Uist Based on documented history and insights of local performers looking back on a lifetime of music making, Joshua Dickson examines the role of piping and pipers within Hebridean custom and how it has changed over the course of time. From this a picture emerges of a dynamic musical tradition which has adapted and survived through centuries of sweeping social change. Overall, this book is a record of the history and aesthetics of the Great Highland Bagpipe in the southern Outer Hebrides from as much of the internal Gaelic perspective as it is possible for an outsider to comprehend. Interviews with local sources were conducted in Gaelic and consideration is given to the context of traditional Gaelic social culture. It therefore fills a gap in Scottish ethnology and piping history often neglected through a lack of impetus among Gaelic-speaking scholars.

A Very Civil People: Hebridean Folk History and Tradition Some of John Lorne Campbell's best research and work was in his essays and shorter pieces. This is a collection of this material. The pieces are chosen not simply to reflect the range and diversity on which John Lorne's scholarship was brought to bear but also, through a number of occasional pieces, his observations on the people and the Hebrides of his day. The collection gives a picture of the man and his interests and a series of insights into figures as disparate as Compton Mackenzie and Father Allan Macdonald of Eriskay. Topics covered include: St Kilda and South Uist, including first-hand accounts of second sight and life on Uist in the nineteenth century. Substantial excerpts from the diaries of Fr Alan MacDonald. Barra and Mingulay traditions. Historical reflections on the Small Isles. The Clearances. Alexander MacDonald.

A Norse Farmstead in the Outer HebridesA Norse Farmstead in the Outer Hebrides: Excavations at Mound 3, Bornais, South Uist South Uist is a small island in the soutern half of the Outer Hebrides. In the middle of the island lies the township of Bornais. This covers a particularly flat area of land which means that the three mounds can be seen all the more clearly. These mounds have been identified as being from the Viking period, with evidence of pre-Viking habitation at the site coming from Iron Age sherds. The excavation of the Bornais settlement is a long-term project, which has been going since 1994. This first volume of results focuses on Mound 3, but includes a discussion of the topographic and geophysical survey of all the mounds. There is also considerable analysis of the environmental remains and radiocarbon dating..

Tir A'Mhurain: The Outer Hebrides of Scotland A new edition of Paul Strand's beautifully sequenced photographs from his 1954 visit to the rugged island of South Uist, off the west coast of Scotland. Juxtaposing people and the landscape, these staggering beautiful images depict the timeless complicity he saw between humankind and nature in this wild terrain. In the spirit of La France de Profil and Un Pases: Portrait of an Italian Valley, these meditative photographs celebrate the wholesome beauty of everyday life. Whether it is a view of rocks and the sea, of scudding clouds hanging over a seaside hamlet, or the proud figure of an earthbound fisherman before his stone cottage, Strand's transcendent images render the island and its inhabitants timeless and eternal.

Stories from South Uist

Stories from South Uist This collection includes every type of tale found on the island of South Uist, from Fingalian heroes and ghost stories to international folktales and humorous and historical anecdotes.

Twice Around the Bay Uist in the 1950s and '60s was a far different island to that which we know now. Causeways and roads had not yet been built; life was often harsh and punctuated by the reality of being sent away from home for secondary and higher education.



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